TNA Spokesperson M. A. Sumanthiran Strongly Condemns the Presidential Pardon Given to Ex-Army Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake Who was Sentenced to Death for Killing in Cold Blood Eight Tamil Civilians Including a Child at Mirusuvil in the Northern Province

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesperson and former MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, has reacted sharply to the Presidential pardon given on Thursday to Sri Lankan Army Sergeant R M Sunil Rathnayake, who was sentenced to death for killing in cold blood, eight Tamil captives including a child at Mirusuvil in Tamil-speaking North Lanka in 2000. Sumanthiran pointed out that it was only in May 2017 that a five-member bench of the Supreme Court had confirmed the death sentence passed against Rathnayake by a three-member bench of the Colombo High Court in 2015. MA…

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Pardons and Releases Soldier On Death Row for Killing Eight Tamil Civilians Including a Child and Two Teen-agers while Justice,Human Rights and Legal Reforms Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says “Constitutionally Mandated Procedure for Pardon was Followed”.

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday pardoned and released an Army man who was on death row for killing eight Tamil civilians, including a five-year-old and two teenagers, in 2000 during the civil war. “The President has instructed the Ministry of Justice to release Sgt Ratnayake from prison,” a spokeswoman at the Presidential Media Division said. In 2015, Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake was convicted for the killings in Mirusuvil, Jaffna Peninsula, and sentenced to death. In 2019, the Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence.*************************Sri Lanka’s…

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Arbitrary Act Conveys “Extremely worrying Message that military Perpetrators of Horrific Crimes, Even if Convicted Through a Court of Law, Will be Pardoned and Released” Says Amnesty International

Where accountability is so rare for serious human rights violations in Sri Lanka, the government’s arbitrary decision to release Sergeant Rathnayaka sends an extremely worrying message said Amnesty International’s Regional Director for South Asia, Biraj Patnaik,Responding to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to release Sergeant Sunil Rathnayaka. The pardon comes at a time when there are public calls to ease prison crowding by releasing prisoners held for, amongst others, petty crimes and those who are unable to meet bail conditions, to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Sgt. Sunil Rathnayaka Amnesty International…

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UK advises Britons in Sri Lanka to return as Coronavirus trigger airport closures

ECONOMYNEXT – United Kingdom has asked Britons in Sri Lanka and elsewhere to return in an “exceptional travel advisory” note, while the home country is also in a worsening Coronavirus crisis. “Flights to Sri Lanka have been suspended since 19 March. If you are visiting Sri Lanka, you are strongly advised to leave now, while commercial means are available,” the UK foreign office said in a warning to Britons. “Speak to your airline or tour company as soon as possible, as it is likely that flight options will become more restricted in…

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Sri Lanka pardons soldier who slaughtered Tamil civilians

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s President on Thursday (March 26) pardoned and released an army officer on death row for slitting the throats of Tamil civilians, including four children, during the island’s bloody civil war. Mr Sunil Ratnayake was to be hanged for the December 2000 massacre in a case held up by previous Sri Lankan governments as an example of rare accountability over abuses committed during the conflict. A court convicted him of murdering eight members of the Tamil minority, including a five-year-old and three teenagers. They were killed…

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Sri Lanka must ensure China is held accountable:US Lawyer

He alleged that the novel coronavirus was designed by China to be a “biological weapon of war”, a claim, which seems far-fetched, but Klayman is convinced otherwise Well there have been a lot of reports. Experts have said this was most likely a bio weapons leak. But in the American system you know once the case is filed and it gets past preliminary motions you can get discovery you can get documents You know what’s interesting is that the country which reportedly has the most promising vaccine is Israel. And…

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Justice reversed for victims of the Mirusuvil massacre, Sri Lanka.

Responding to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to release Sergeant Sunil Rathnayaka, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for South Asia, Biraj Patnaik, said: Where accountability is so rare for serious human rights violations in Sri Lanka, the government’s arbitrary decision to release Sergeant Rathnayaka sends an extremely worrying message.  “Where accountability is so rare for serious human rights violations in Sri Lanka, the government’s arbitrary decision to release Sergeant Rathnayaka sends an extremely worrying message. It means that military perpetrators of horrific crimes, even if convicted through a court of law, will be…

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Curfew for 4 districts in Northern Province & Puttalam lifted temporarily

The ongoing curfew in the districts of Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna was temporarily lifted at 6.00 am today (27) and will come to effect again at 2.00 pm in the afternoon. The curfew in these areas will continue till 6.00 am on Monday (30) and will be re-imposed at 2.00 pm on the same day. In the meantime, the President’s Media Division yesterday stated that the curfew imposed in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha, which were identified as High-Risk Zones in view of the spread…

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Sri Lankan living in Switzerland dies of Coronavirus

A Sri Lankan residing in Switzerland has died after contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19), says the Ministry of Foreign Relations. “The Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin has informed the Ministry that the Swiss authorities have confirmed that the Sri Lankan aged 59 years who died in Switzerland on 25 March had tested positive for COVID-19.” “The deceased was from Punkuduthivu in Northern Province and held residence permit in Switzerland,” the Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. He is the first Sri Lankan national to succumb to the deadly…

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